The green and gold of Telford Harriers were on tour at the weekend with races in Liverpool, Birmingham and Edinburgh topping the locations for our runners in races that covered 10k up to marathon in distances.
Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Marathon / Half Marathon
The Rock 'n' Roll series of events are known throughout the world with races being staged at fantastic locations all over the globe. The Liverpool event is a firm favourite with our club and we always take a good collective to compete in the marathon, half marathon, 5k and 1mile races over the weekend.
Runners get to race through the city where Rock laid its Roots! Walk or run in the steps of the Beatles, and let the beat go on as you discover Liverpools rock/ pop history along your marathon or half marathon journey.
Both the half and full marathon races started at Albert Dock and take runners around the sights of Liverpool before ending on the Kings Parade looking out over the River Mersey. Despite the start of the day being wet and windy, it didn't put off the thousands of runners who take part in this race each and every year, making it one of the most popular races in the UK calendar.
There were a selection of runners from Harriers running in both the marathon and half marathon coming home in the following times:
1956th: Danny Jones - 4:36:24
2121st: Simon Aries - 4:43:31
2230th: Sonia Edmonds - 4:47:51 - Course PB
Half Marathon Results:
935th: Gus Erlandson - 01:45:43 - Course PB
1477th: Angela Vinall - 01:51:50 - New PB
2198th: Jacynta Walsh - 01:58:00 - New PB
2205th: Adam Walsh - 01:58:00
4214th: Kelly Kempin - 02:12:35
4441st: Sarah Smith - 02:14:12 - New PB
4986th: Jo Weaver - 02:18:15 - New PB
5217th: Tania Willoughby - 02:19:55
5644th: Claire Rogers - 02:23:10
5645th: Mark Rogers - 02:23:10
7898th: Paula Johnston - 02:51:15 - new PB
8712nd: Paul Ruscoe - 03:41:39
8713rd: Marie Ruscoe - 03:41:40 - New PB
Fast & flat, this course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first marathon or you are looking for a PB. The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London.
Harriers had three runners making the long trip over the boarder into Scotland for this race, all with PBs on their mind, but more importantly to enjoy this amazing race in beautiful surroundings.
Catherine Wilson, Lou Bromley and Keith Nightingale had put in months of training to bring themselves to this point and were ready to give it their all.
Starting on Potterrow in the grounds of one of the oldest Universities in the world, this incredible city centre start takes runners through the very heart of Edinburgh.
The route then takes in the ‘Gothic Rocket’, otherwise known as the Scott Monument, as it meanders down the historic Royal Mile, heading towards and past the Scottish Parliament building, before departing the Royal Park and heading east towards the coast. As you reach Musselburgh, you’ll run past the oldest golf course in the world before heading further East on the flat to Gosford House. As runners turn and head back along the coast, you’ll see the beautiful finish line ahead, one of the greatest sights for any marathon runner! With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, we believe that this is the fastest marathon route in the world.
Our runners came home in the following times:
1955th: Lou Bromley - 3:54:05 - New PB
2390th: Catherine Wilson - 3:59:47 - New PB 6112nd: Keith Nightingale - 5:11:41
Great Birmingham 10k
More local was the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k, another well particiapated race with thousands of runners taking part.
The 2019 Birmingham 10k had two start lines - both on Colmore Row, either side of its junction with Bennetts Hill. The route then follows Bennetts Hill and turns left on to New Street, crossing Corporation Street alongside the Apple store, the stunning grade II-listed building built in 1869 as the head office of the Midland Bank.
After passing the Rotunda and Bullring, runners will see the brand new Primark Pavillions development on High Street, go past Birmingham Children's Hospital before leaving the city centre to continue along the A34, where bands and live music motivated those taking part, and a grandstand finish back in the city centre at Aston University.
Our runners secured the following results:
1076th: Kerry Richardson - 50:23
4128th: Amanda Merricks - 1:11:11
4210th: Darren Fawke - 1:02:37 - New PB
Great Run Local Edgbaston 2k and 5k
Set in the heart of Edgbaston, both the 2k and 5k route follow the loop of the reservoir, running on a mixed terrain of dirt, gravel and concrete tracks. The route is ideal for both beginner runners and advanced runners and is also suitable for those running with a buggy!
Jim and Natalie Vidler took part with Jim running thew 5k and Natalie running the 2k routes, coming home as follows:
Natalie: 14:23 - 1st finisher
We had a good number of Parkrunners over the weekend too, all covering the 5k distance for differing reasons; for a PB, for a social run or just to get some extra miles in the legs in their trainings plans.
Results as follows:
Michael Smith - 17:22 - 2nd Place & course PB
Darren Owen-Jones: 20:30
Lucy Maloney: 21:38 - 3rd placed lady, New PB
Michael Webb: 22:44
Kim Chatfield: 28:18 - 50th Parkrun
Natalie Vidler: 36:01
Dean Aston: 16:52 - 2nd Place
Wyre Forest Parkrun
Phil Shieber: 27:30
James Shieber: 28:22
Faye Shiever: 37:52
Eden project Parkrun
Marie Mason: 28:52
And so ends another busy week in the running diary of the Telford Harriers. See you at the next start line!